Shortlisted for the Booker Prize Secrets and lies linger in the very walls of the solid old Normandy house where Therese and Leonie, French and English cousins, grow up after the war.
Intrigued by adults' guilty silences and the broken shrine they find in the woods, the girls weave their own fantasies, unwittingly revealing the village's buried shame, a shame that will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 11/03/1993
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853816000
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Review by wyvernfriend
Secrets and lies and post-war france. Honestly the only reason I finished it was because it was so short. I also kept hoping that it would get to the point, but it never did.
Review by isabelx
Review by StellaSandberg
I enjoyed Roberts' sensual, richly textured, sometimes gross, descriptions of object and bodily functions - that's a very original way to write that made me want to explore more of her work! Unfortunately, I did not particularly enjoy the characters, the psychology (or should I say psychoanalysis because that's so obviously what it was), the religion or the plot. Two stars for that and four stars for the lovingly detailed props and settings and all the mouth-watering eating make three stars all in all.